Raids at schools, shops send touts running for cover

LG orders crackdown on defaulters, blackmarketeers

Delhi government on Thursday detected irregularities in five schools, six petrol pumps, and 13 fair price shops in raids in the city. 

“Following the orders of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, different departments carried out a crackdown against defaulters, blackmarketeers and touts,” said  a senior Delhi government official.

“Nineteen teams comprising IAS, IPS, anti-corruption branch officials, divisional commissioners and sub-divisional magistrates were formed for these raids,”  added the official in his statement.

Officials found 13 fair price shops closed. Five cases of diversion of subsidised foodgrain were also found. FIRs have been filed against the defaulters under the Essential Commodities Act 1955.

The officials inspected 16 petrol pumps across the city and 13 of them were found flouting rules. 

The Directorate of Education conducted surprise visits at five schools  in the capital.The schools which were a  part of ths drive  were – Maxfort School at Pitampura, St. Lawrence Convent at Geeta Colony, Vivekanand International School at IP Extension, Modern International School at Dwarka and Motiram Memorial Girls Senior Secondary School at Dilshad Garden.

“We have found some irregularities in these schools and the school authorities have been asked to reply. Further action will be taken following their replies and comments,” said an Education Department official.

The Health Department conducted surprise visit at two markets—Bhagirath Place and Naharpur Market.  Eight wholesale dealers were found not following the rules. A notice have been issued to all of them to respond in 24 hours.

Three suspected touts were apprehended by the Transport Department during raids at offices of transport authorities. Some touts gave officials the slip.

“We have initiated an investigation in all the cases of touting and the absconders will be arrested soon,” a Transport Department official said in a statement.

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